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Publisher's Summary

The next thrilling book in Jennifer Estep's New York Times and USA Today best-selling Elemental Assassin series.

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I've learned in the assassination business is that to be the best, you have to roll with the punches. Now that I'm queen of Ashland's underworld - by default, not by choice - a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that's the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld's top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I'm embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death.

©2015 Jennifer Estep (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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It's like reading a scripted template.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I feel like listening the exact same story, over and over. Like a scripted episode in a never ending story. Like "Perry Rhodan" or "Service de surveillance des planètes primitives" (french, can't find the english version)

What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nice work on the narrator's acting.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. I would wait for the Netflix release.

Any additional comments?

Gin Blanco is always running out of magic juice against opponents that have unlimited supplies. This is happening in every book. She is the waekest elemental and too dumb to learn. It feels like this series end in book 5 with Mab's death. After that, it's like reading the same story with the super- villain's name changing. As if the book is written by someone esle with a template, like Startrek.

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good but could be better

I still don't know why with all of the people she has fought and killed she still fumbles with her powers like a new born. sad sad sad.... the author has a great story but no promise of her becoming stronger. hopefully on day we will get lucky and it will all come together.

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Here we go again...

If you could sum up Spider's Trap in three words, what would they be?

Same as before...

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Please please please make Gin live up to her description! The only fight she has been in so far where she started to show her so called powers was with Beauregard. This far into the series she can't just keep barely scraping by. Every one she fights against can last forever it seems and Gin is running out of power 5 minutes into the fight. She is supposed to be the baddest B*TCH in Ashland yet I haven't seen it so far.

What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lauren Fortgang is the saving grace in this series. She does a fantastic job with all of the characters and from one book to the next they stay the same. It is a pleasure listening to her.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I will say that I am hooked on the stories, every last one of them but I am frustrated every time I listen. I am invested in the characters and definitely will continue to listen, even if I have to be frustrated the whole time.

Any additional comments?

Early in the series Gins sister was killing people with her ice magic, gin makes ice lock picks and occasional ice daggers. Later Gin freezes a whole courtyard yet still can't freeze her enemies. She can bring down whole mountains with her stone magic but can't use it to attack her enemies.

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Elemental Assassin my butt!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The performance was excellent as usual, but even great reading can't help this story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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This will be the last of these books I read. It should be sub-titled the "Incompetent Assassin". Gin and gang are just plain STUPID throughout this whole book. "I'm the SPIDER .. I'm THE bad a$$ ... I'm incredibly strong in two elements but I'll go up against a metal elemental with my metal knives and not even use my powers; not once but twice." The plot device was very derivative and the book was 100% more frustrating then enjoyable.

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Love the spider series but...

I liked the new characters that came in to play. I like seeing how Gin is developing becoming the boss. What I didn't like was how slow this book felt And how many times I felt like I needed to yell at Gin do something that was so obvious. She is usually the cleverest and smartest bad guy around but this time she just kept missing the obvious. Also the long drawn out talking over every little thing they wanted to do to each other got old. Just do it already!

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Same story different titles.

I loved this series at one point but its kinda repetitive now. Gen cant figure anything out. Mess with my family and I'm coming for you. My knives - I'm gonna cut you. Family almost dies. Make a bunch of food. End the book with i killed that person now there's another worse in the next book.

Same formula rinsed and repeated. I love the reader she is amazing as always but. I really need some more character growth.

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I wish growth of the main character would happen

What did you like best about Spider's Trap? What did you like least?

The crew helping Gin

If you’ve listened to books by Jennifer Estep before, how does this one compare?

I like the characters I just want more growth from the main character.

Which scene was your favorite?

Gin is very slow to understand her powers. All the other elementals run rings around her. Gin is also always beaten to a pulp and in the last minute when she is about to died she kills them off. Gin need to learn how to work her magic efficiently.

Was Spider's Trap worth the listening time?

I think the narrator was great.

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The Spider has lost its thread

While I have enjoyed the previous books in this series, the story has lost its direction. struggling to get to the end, I believe its high time to end the series.

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keeps you guessing

once again held my attention all the way through. perfectly mysterious in finding out who the villain is.

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Amazing, of course

If you thought things would calm down for Gin now that she killed M.M. Monroe, well, you’re wrong. Against her own wishes, she’s become the new queen of the Ashland underworld where she must keep the peace between the crime bosses. Yeah, that happened. Poor Gin. Lol.

I’m gonna be honest, I was a little iffy at first about Gin becoming the head of the underworld. I liked when people didn’t know that she was the Spider and she lurked in the shadows, but I actually really liked this new job for Gin! It’s pretty interesting, and Gin is still Gin.

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Silvio nudged me with his elbow, as if he knew exactly what I was thinking. “Pay attention. You’re supposed to be listening to the facts so you can be fair and impartial, remember?”
“I could be fair and impartial in stabbing them both.”
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Omg I love Gin! Lol. I can’t believe she’s become a mediator, basically. But she’s still her old self, and I am glad for that! Gin does use her newly found resources, so that was pretty cool to see.

And I love Gin and Silvio’s relationship! Gin would rather kill the thugs than mediate them, and Silvio is there to basically keep her in line. It’s so funny!

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“You’re not my mother, Silvio,” I muttered. “I’m fine. I’ve been through worse than this.”
He straightened back up and crossed his arms over his chest. “Well, I certainly feel like it sometimes. If my hair wasn’t already gray, it would have turned that color working for you these past few weeks.”
“Well, look on the bright side.”
“What’s that?”
I grinned. “There’s never a dull moment in the employ of Gin Blanco.”
Phillip snickered, but Silvio just sighed.
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She is so funny and I love her! Another thing I love about her is that she is smart. In this book Gin deals with a metal elemental which totally sucks for her because that means she can’t use her favorite weapons: her silverstone knives. But it made for such an interesting story!

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"My knives were such a big part of who and what I was that I didn’t know quite what to do without them. How to protect, how to attack, how to win. But I’d figure it out. I always did."
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I really enjoyed seeing how Gin dealt with this and finding someway to take down this guy without her beloved knives. And let me tell you, that final fight was crazy good! The irony of the end result of the fight was not lost on me, and I loved it! Lol. All the fights in this series are good, but this one was interesting because she didn’t have her knives! I always love the amazing and creative action sequences in these books!

Let’s talk about Owen because I love him! He is the sweetest and I am SO happy he and Gin are back together after the craziness back in book 7. They are just amazing together and I was so happy to see that we got extra Owen in this book! I’m always down to seeing more of Owen... always! Lol.

And as always, I adore Gin. She is amazing and badass but also very caring! For being a cold, ruthless assassin, she is actually a really good, loving person. And I think this in part thanks to Fletcher and his code.

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"For the first time since I’d known him, I thought that Fletcher had made the wrong decision. But he always taught me that an assassin without limits was just a monster, and he was keeping to his code..."
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And another duo I like is Gin and Finn! I love their sibling banter! It’s so funny! I also liked Gin’s interactions with Lorelei, one of the crime bosses Gin is dealing with now. I really love these small character moments where they have these heart-to-hearts. It’s so nice and just gives the characters depth.

So, yeah. It’s no surprise that I loved this book. You all know how much I adore this series! The characters are amazing, the stories are great, the action is intense, and the food... always the food! Gin made a hot chocolate milkshake and holy yum, I need to try it! Lol.

The end of this book plants the seed for what will be coming up in the next book and... I am nervous! I have a feeling things are gonna get ugly. Book 7 (aka the one with Salina) levels ugly. But I am really looking forward to reading it!

Oh! This was also my first audiobook! Back when I had my Kindle Keyboard, I used to use the text-to-speech feature on it while I did other things. But that doesn’t really count cause it was just a robot reading me a book. Lol. So, yeah! This was officially my first audiobook! And it was a lot of fun! My one issue with it, which is really a me problem, is that I’m 13 books into this series, and the voices done in the audiobook just didn’t match up to the voices I gave the characters, you know? But really that’s just a me issue, because it was really well done! I liked it!

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  • Graham Gittins
  • 10-24-18

Kept my attention but..

Kept my attention but I thought weaker than some of the previous books. Usual characters with a few new "victims" but you have to keep an ear out for the flashbacks.

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  • Kapaxiana
  • 11-10-15

enjoyed the plot

Love this book. keep them coming! storyline was good and I'm now looking forward to the next one!